71 Highway

Last week while nabbing some more shots looking at the Kauffman Center construction, I turned my telephoto lens briefly to see what kind of shots could be had of 71 Highway and the traffic trails. In this shot my camera shutter was open for 13 seconds.

You can see here how much acreage must be devoted to moving cars around in the downtown area, given the way the actual built-up urban environment has been allowed to nearly be eviscerated over the decades through reckless urban planning ideas centered around the ideas of tearing down the city in favor of easy, happy motoring.

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Warrensburg and Old Drum

Old Drum

On Friday afternoon I drove down to Warrensburg, MO – my old college town where UCM resides, having graduated in December ’03. This was the first time being back to Warrensburg since fall of ’04, even though it’s actually not that far away.

This statue of the dog that sits in front of the Johnson County Courthouse signifies an old, interesting court case from 1870, where it’s recounted the saying “a dog is a man’s best friend” came into existence after an estranged brother-in-law shot Old Drum the dog for trespassing. Carrie Nation’s husband David even represented Old Drum’s owner at one point as the case was sent around to various courts, eventually making it to the Missouri Supreme Court. CLICK HERE for further info.

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Kauffman PAC Construction Pt 2

Kauffman Center Construction at Dusk #2

Another shot of the Kauffman PAC construction, from a slightly different viewpoint and thirty minutes later into the night than the prior post. Actually if I could do it again I would have started at this location first, as I thought this offered the best view, but the prior shot offered the best actual lighting.

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Kauffman PAC Construction at Dusk

Kauffman Center Construction at Dusk

Here’s an angle on the new Kauffman Center that I hadn’t tried yet, looking in a north-westerly direction toward the construction site via telephoto lens from about 25th and Troost, at one of the bridges above 71 Highway as it ingresses to and egresses from downtown.

I hadn’t made any plans for pics, but sometimes you can spontaneously get the urge to make something new. Photo taken about 9:20 pm, Tuesday evening, 07/06/10

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Signs up the street

On Monday night/early Tuesday morning when I was out getting new city photos, I ended my time capturing this telephoto view looking south, up the street toward some signs – a small part of the Muehlebach Hotel sign, and the blue parking sign – which now sits where the old Italian Gardens restaurant sat for decades. That was an interesting joint with a cool old lounge area. I was never that much of a regular there, but I kind of miss the place – especially compared to the parking edifice now residing at that address.

I was standing at the corner of the street right by the Library Lofts – formerly the Dwight Building, with my telephoto lens zoomed out to its maximum 400 focal length.

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